Greg Abbott’s ban on COVID-19 vaccine mandates is making its way through the Texas Legislature – Houston Public Media
The House measure focuses on giving employees fired for refusing a vaccine the right to sue their former employers, while the Senate bill hews closer to Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order.houstonpublicmedia.org
Texas House OKs Senate bill to require voter approval before cutting law enforcement funds — but only for large counties
The Senate bill originally applied to all local Texas jurisdictions, but was changed in a House committee. A House bill that is in the Senate would financially punish the state’s larger cities if they cut police funds.
Texas House lifts its mask requirement for chamber and committees
By Juan Pablo Garnham, The Texas TribuneThe Texas House removed a requirement Thursday that people wear face masks on the House floor and during House committee meetings for the remainder of the legislative session that ends May 31. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still suggest that people wear masks in public places, especially indoors. House Resolution 333, by state Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress, rescinded the chamber’s mask requirement which was established in the House rules in February. Last month, when the proposal to rescind the mask rule was brought to the House Administration Committee, members decided to keep it in place after two experts invited to testify suggested masks continue for the time being. Oliverson suggested that committee chairs could organize specific seating arrangements for people that could be concerned about the new regulation.myrgv.com
Has coronavirus surge impacted contact tracing efforts?
In the initial chapters of the pandemic, there was much written and learned about contact tracing. Channel 2 Investigates spoke with State Rep. Tom Oliverson on Monday about contact tracing and it’s relevance with significantly higher case numbers. “I think contact tracing is still very relevant especially where you have discreet outbreaks in sort of a more closed environment,” Oliverson said. Oliverson points to nursing homes, camps, organized team practices and indoor environments as examples where contact tracing now works best. However, if outside those kinds of areas contact tracing doesn’t have the same impact.